cucumber, tomato + feta salad

by Amy on 12 July 2012

now that summer is officially here + it’s hot hot hot, it’s hard to get motivated to cook. i mean, i love cooking + baking, but when it’s a zillion degrees out, turning on the oven is not the first thing that i want to do. what i do love when it’s toasty out? easy fresh, crisp summer salads, loaded with lots of flavor. so when we went to a family cookout last week + were asked to bring a side that pairs well with grilled burgers + bratwursts, i knew i wanted to make this salad that i’ve had bookmarked.

so, how was it? delicious! the crisp cucumber pairs wonderfully with the sweet tomatoes, the salty feta, the bright mint + the flavorful kalamata olives. for me, it’s the perfect combination of everything – flavors, textures, + even colors. this is the type of salad that i can eat an insane amount of, at any time of day. what can i say? i’m a sucker for fresh veggies + cheese!

cucumber, tomato + feta salad

makes 8 servings, adapted from bon appetit


6 cups coarsely chopped English hothouse or Persian cucumbers (about 2 pounds total)
2 large tomatoes (about 1 pound total), coarsely chopped
1 bunch scallions, chopped
1 cup assorted pitted olives (such as Kalamata or Gaeta), halved
1 7-ounce package feta, crumbled, divided
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
kosher salt + freshly ground black pepper


combine cucumbers, tomatoes, scallions, olives, half of feta, + mint in a large bowl. whisk oil + lemon juice in a small bowl – pour over salad + toss to coat. season to taste with salt + pepper. sprinkle remaining half of feta over salad + serve.

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1 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) July 12, 2012 at 3:48 pm

This is a classic summer recipe — love it!

2 cassie July 12, 2012 at 3:49 pm

i have very little motivation to cook or bake in this heat. our dinners have been very similar to this kind of salad lately. love this combo!

3 Jess July 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm

YUM! I’ve been obsessed with Cucumber lately, and it goes perfect with some feta and olives!

4 Blond Duck July 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I want to make this for my art class!

5 alexandra @ sweet betweens [blog] July 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Oh yum! This combo is my favorite – one I could easily eat on its own with a spoon. Which is why I don’t make it at home often, since I can’t share the blame with The Husband who hates olives + feta. Boo. :( Might have to suck it up though thanks to the abundance of cucumbers + tomatoes from the CSA!

6 amy July 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm

my husband isn’t wild about olives or feta either, so i only make stuff like this when i can share it with a group. next time i make it, i’ll know to share some with you! =)

7 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl July 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm

I’m with you–I pretty much have zero motivation for cooking/baking right now. It’s way too hot! But I could definitely go for this crisp, cool salad–I love feta and cucumbers, especially, and paired with mint and lemon juice?!? YUM!

8 Julie @ Table for Two July 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm

yes! i love a cold salad like this on a hot summer’s day. this sounds and looks beautiful!

9 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious July 12, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Totally in love with all the freshness in this salad!

10 Sammie July 12, 2012 at 8:25 pm

ohh i love the sound of this salad! It looks so refreshing and tasty! Also I always love it when there’s crunchy cucumber in my salad!! So colourful and pretty! <3

11 Rikki July 12, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I couldn’t agree more, the last thing I want to do after a long hot day is turn on the oven. I, too, love summer salads like these. It looks so fresh and colorful. It’s a perfect side for a BBQ, love it!

12 Kathryn July 13, 2012 at 1:24 am

This is such a wonderful combination of summer flavours and colours, looks gorgeous!

13 Choc Chip Uru July 13, 2012 at 4:33 am

I love how summery this salad is 😀

Choc Chip Uru

14 Renee July 13, 2012 at 6:43 am

Beautiful salad and wonderful use of summer produce. Olives and feta are just bonuses.

15 natalie@thesweetslife July 13, 2012 at 7:49 am

Greek-inspired salads like this are my absolute FAVORITE! …and I could use some veggies with all of the ice cream I’ve been eating :)

16 danielle July 13, 2012 at 8:45 am

I make a similar salad but I never thought of adding the olives – I bet this was great!

17 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef July 13, 2012 at 8:48 am

this looks beautiful! even though i’m not a big olive lover :)

18 CJ at Food Stories July 13, 2012 at 9:27 am

This looks so fresh and summery … Happy Weekend :-)

19 Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama July 13, 2012 at 10:16 am

LOVE this, so fresh and light. Perfect for summer.

20 Ali @ Gimme Some Oven July 13, 2012 at 10:51 am

So colorful and fresh! I love it!!!

(If you’re interested, feel free to enter it in our TomatoLove Recipe Exchange – :)

21 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel July 13, 2012 at 11:24 am

This is such a nice summer salad… great in place of traditional pasta and potato salads that require some cooking!

22 Baking Serendipity July 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm

I love summer salads like this one too :)

23 lesley eats July 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm

You really can’t beat a cucumber and tomato salad. It’s even good without the feta. :)

24 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet July 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm

This could easily be my favorite Summer salad, Amy! Love cucumber and feta combo! Yum :)

25 Anna @ hiddenponies July 14, 2012 at 12:12 am

I’m not an olive fan but they sure do make a dish look pretty! I’ve been on a big Greek salad kick lately…can’t get enough feta!

26 Balvinder July 14, 2012 at 11:20 am

Summer is the best season when you get to eat fresh produce in the form of salads. look so flavorful and colorful.

27 Jed Gray (sportsglutton) July 14, 2012 at 11:57 am

This salad looks like the perfect cool down food to beat the heat this summer Amy. I can seriously feel the relaxation from the image. On the list to make when I get home. :-)

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

28 Erin @ Texanerin Baking July 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Out of all the ingredients, I like lemon juice. How I hate being picky! It’s really pretty though. :) If we go to a picnic or something, I’ll definitely make this and shock everyone by not bringing dessert.

29 Baker Street July 15, 2012 at 12:27 am

What a gorgeous salad! I could eat any salad as long as it has feta! This sounds exceptionally delicious! :)

30 Blond Duck July 15, 2012 at 7:04 am

Hope you’re having a good weekend!

31 ea-The Spicy RD July 16, 2012 at 1:50 am

This is absolutely my kind of salad too. Veggies and cheese? Yes,please :-)

32 justcooknyc July 16, 2012 at 9:29 am

i’m not usually a fan of cucumbers, but i have a hunch i’d like this, especially while the tomatoes are so nice

33 sally @ sally's baking addiction July 16, 2012 at 9:51 am

Love how colorful this is! It screams summer. I feel like I could eat this as a chunky dip for pita chips. And of course, gobble it all up as a side dish. Feta + olives are two of my favorites. :)

34 Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings July 16, 2012 at 10:43 am

Me, too! I have to think twice about turning on the oven in the summer! that’s why salads are so practical during this time. And this salad brings me back to Greece! I spent a summer there, and I got to enjoy all the cucumber-tomato-feta salad that I could have!

35 Jackie @ Domestic Fits July 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Beautiful! This looks like exactly like what I want to have for lunch. Perfect summer meal. :)

36 Elizabeth @ The Waspy Redhead July 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I totally feel you on the whole “too hot to cook” issue. I just can’t even imagine it right now. This salad looks lovely and healthy and yummy. Well done! Hope you’re well friend!

37 Jocelyn @BruCrew Life July 17, 2012 at 7:19 pm

What a crazy good and refreshing salad!!!! We live on salads through the hot summer months!!!

38 Ashley@BakerbyNature July 17, 2012 at 8:43 pm

This is in my top 5 favorite salads list: it’s just too good!
And so simple! Love how gorgeous you made yours.

39 Asmita July 17, 2012 at 9:37 pm

What a colorful, delicious and healthy salad!

40 Back For Seconds July 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm

This looks crazy good! I could live on just this salad, mmmmm!
I wanted to send you an email, but I don’t see one listed here. When you have a minute will you please email me thanks girlie!

41 amy July 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I just emailed you, too, but in case you come back here for the answer, it’s =)

42 claire @ the realistic nutritionist July 18, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I love salads like this! Fresh, easy and delicious! :)

43 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts July 18, 2012 at 7:39 pm

What a great, refreshing salad for summer. It has been crazy hot everywhere, turning on the oven is just too much!

44 Tracey July 18, 2012 at 10:57 pm

This is so pretty Amy! I love the colors, and the flavors sound like they’d mesh perfectly!

45 Megan {Country Cleaver} July 23, 2012 at 8:37 am

Amy this looks beautiful! It might not be overly hot here in Seattle, but even when its warm I resist turning on the oven at any cost – this is perfection!

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